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Old 09-03-2019, 04:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Steering wheel play

So this year I've been chasing vibrations and play in the steering of my 05 ccsb lly. I've installed a new idler arm, idler arm bracket, pitman arm, redhead steering box, rancho steering stabilizer, lower and upper intermediate shafts and a dorman column bearing with a exhaust clamp around the column and somehow I still have about an inch or so of play. It isn't terrible but when you're going 70 down the interstate and the wheel wiggles back and forth every time you hit a bump it gets annoying. Theres nothing like spending time and money on a truck just to end up with another issue. Anybody have any ideas.

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Old 09-24-2019, 05:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Have you checked the connection between the steering column rod and the short rod to the steering box? It would be the point where you would add an adapter for a lift

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Old 09-24-2019, 06:38 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Are your hubs OK?
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Old 09-25-2019, 06:16 AM   #4 (permalink)
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My lower intermediate shaft is brand new, upper intermediate shaft is about two years old. Shouldn't need any adapter because the truck is sitting at stock height. Both hubs are about two years old and don't seem to have any play. I can turn the steering shafts by hand about and inch or two with the truck off and in park without the tires moving. When I drive the steering is tight everywhere except for the middle where I have the dead spot or play.
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My 2006 with about 88,000 miles will most likely need ball joints first. While they appear tight enough when prying by hand, they also don't look evenly spaced on the boots. Tells me that's probably gonna be the first thing to need replacing if I want a tighter wheel.

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My lower intermediate shaft is brand new, upper intermediate shaft is about two years old. Shouldn't need any adapter because the truck is sitting at stock height. Both hubs are about two years old and don't seem to have any play. I can turn the steering shafts by hand about and inch or two with the truck off and in park without the tires moving. When I drive the steering is tight everywhere except for the middle where I have the dead spot or play.
Adjust your steering box. Loosen the lock nut, turn the adjusting screw no more than 1/8 turn clockwise, check for play; rinse repeat until adjusted. If you can't adjust the play to your satisfaction, the only thing that will fix a sloppy steering box is a NEW steering box. Make sure there is no other reason for the play, such as a sloppy idler arm.
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Old 09-25-2019, 06:21 PM   #7 (permalink)
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The steering box is new. At first I installed a reman acdelco but it had all kinds of slop and made grinding noises turning to the right so I sent it back. Then I installed a redhead and it made a big difference except for the dead spot in the steering. I thought about adjusting the box I just figured being as expensive as a redhead box is it shouldn't need any adjustments.
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